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Berhalter, Montero, Sanchez

*Insider readers knew before anyone else that this was in the works, and now it is official: USA defender Gregg Berhalter has joined the Los Angeles Galaxy.

*In Seattle, the feel-good story of the MLS season takes a dark turn.

*FC Dallas acquires a 24-year-old attacker from Costa Rica on loan.

By Steve Goff  |  April 3, 2009; 2:35 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Because if the Galaxy's recent history proves nothing else, it's that you can never have too many aging defenders...

Posted by: EdTheRed | April 3, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I hope that this Montero thing isn't as bad as it looks that it could be. Not just on a soccer franchise or league level.

Him not being able to cross the border or leave town is a very, very bad sign. I realize that it is routine and that due process has to play itself out (all we have to do is remember the RDA-Gori deal)--but you rarely get a second chance at your reputation.

Someone has alledgedly already suffered and more people are going to suffer because of this.

You know that the Seattle and League FO's are sweating bullets right about now...

Posted by: yankiboy | April 3, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Seattle's media have proclaimed him guilty already. I guess they need to sell ad space.

Posted by: nico78 | April 3, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

The Beckham saga, poor attendance, and now the new face of MLS screwing up... things arent looking so good.

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | April 3, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Berhalter: I'm not sure how they plan on using him. Pairing him and Sanneh would probably make their center backs the slowest ever fielded in MLS history. Maybe they want to move Sanneh to defensive midfield? I'm not surprised by the move, but I am puzzled by it.

Montero: Wow. I can't even begin to speculate on it, but the "illness" excuse (especially after being left entirely off the injury report earlier this week) is definitely a cover for him not being allowed to leave the country.

I wouldn't want to speculate on the case, but on the field I think Seattle is essentially a blue collar team with one truly class player, and that player is Montero. I know they're getting all the hype, but don't be fooled; a lack of starters that are obviously bad doesn't mean they're a contender. If Montero finds himself in legit trouble, Ljungberg is going to have to be better than I'm expecting for them to be anything more than San Jose last year.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | April 3, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Innocent until proven guilty but I do wonder if some "character issues" is why the Sounders where able to get such a a talented young player from Columbia for relatively so little.

Posted by: nyjer1 | April 3, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

hey more has come out in regard to Montero...He seems to have known this bird for awhile, and it's kinda sounding to me to be a little more like her stalking him... who knows, but here's some more:
http://www.nwcn.com/sports/stories/NW_040309SPB_sounders-montero-investigation-JM.9b6a9772.html

Posted by: DadRyan | April 3, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't know which is worse. Montero destroying something beautiful, or Berhalter dragging his carcass into a team that is soon to play some of the best clubs in Europe.
The forwards will play "ring around the American," and say "former world cup player! God, these guys suck!"

Sorry, I don't think experience counts for anyting if you're not an athlete.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 3, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"and now the new face of MLS screwing up"

sexually assaulting and then stalking a women is a lot more serious than just screwing up.

When was the last time you can remember a top player from another sport being arrested for sexual assault while playing.

This is really really bad for any sport let alone a fringe one.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | April 3, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I'd be curious to see how the 09 LA Galaxy compare to:

+ The oldest team in MLS history
+ The MLS team with the most ever US National Team players (current or "retired")

Posted by: TCompton | April 3, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I realize that what I'm about to write goes against the core values of the internet, but I'm going to wait until the facts are known before opining on the nature of the parties in the stalker-stalkee relationship.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 3, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Bruce is trying to get the gang back together. Next up Tony Meola, I hear he's had a year off and is looking for something to do...

Posted by: silverrey | April 3, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't going to comment since at this point it's all incomplete allegations but

peteywheatstraw

KOBE BRYANT?

Posted by: undrafted | April 3, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

KOBE BRYANT?

Posted by: undrafted | April 3, 2009 3:42 PM

Stephen Marbury?

Posted by: laur84 | April 3, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I think that was his point, undrafted. Katelyn Faber looked really bad in the end while Kobe has recovered. It's a serious charge although they haven't been filed yet.

Posted by: sitruc | April 3, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I see the predictable "Berhalter is slow" posts have begun. Let's see, Vanney was too slow, Agoos was slow (how come he did so well), Boswell was slow (wait, he's still playing?), Bocanegra is slow (how come he starts for Rennes and the USMNT? Don't they know he's too slow?), Namoff is slow (but has played almost 14,000 minutes for DC), etc., etc. The real question is, can he still be effective? The answer to that isn't really dependent on foot speed.

Posted by: b18bolo | April 3, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah how did I forget about Kobe, that was bad for the NBA they are much stronger league though.

Marbury was never accused of anything other than sleeping with a knicks employee in isiah's sexual harrassment suit.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | April 3, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

My real point though was that whether the accusations against montero are true or untrue, describing sexual assault as "screwing up" is offensive.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | April 3, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Zounds, how long has Montero even been in Seattle? Long enough to have a relationship with a woman for "some time" according to the nwcn sports link and have it go south already, whoever's fault it is, apparently . . .

To Do List:
-Find apartment
-Pick up uniform
-Find someone to stalk, or else have stalk me

Posted by: fallschurch1 | April 3, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

How does the nwcn article make it sound like she was stalking him? it sounds more like he wasnt stalking her.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | April 3, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Peteyw, if I'm "coincidentally" a passenger in a car that stops "near" a woman with whom I've had a relationship for some time, and she has accused me of assault and stalking -- I would forgive people for wanting more facts to clear my good name than the nwcn story provides.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | April 3, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah. Why didn't she report right then? It sounds to me like someone is looking for some cash. The kid is handsome so no surprise they will be stalkers. Hope all turns out smooth.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | April 3, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh wait, Peteyw was probably responding to DadRyan, not me, wasn't he.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | April 3, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

First off the now online only PI shouldn't be publishing stories about "cases" that no files had even been charged in(the stalking charge, which didn't materialize because it sound like he had an alibi).

Posted by: DadRyan | April 3, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

What are they paying Berhalter? -- He had to be making pretty good coin with 1860. Put more directly, the league already cheated in allowing LA to have both Beckham and Donovan (and Ruiz who I believe was also making DP money at the time) even though they only had 1 slot. Are they allowing LA to have 3 again? Ridiculous.

Or I get it ... the league will remind us that Beckham doesn't count while he's on loan and then will conveniently slip it under the rug and allow LA to keep Berhalter too when Beckham comes back.

Posted by: dcsoccer | April 3, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The "now online only PI" is doing what it thinks it must to prevent being the "once online only PI"

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 3, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I don't mean to sound like a jerk, or accuse the girl of anything, but as stated, he's innocent until proven guilty. That's the letter of the law in this country the last time I checked.
To paraphrase something I read elsewhere:
The only thing worse than a young women's life being ruined by sexual assault is the ruining of a young man's from being falsely accused.

Posted by: DadRyan | April 3, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

@Peteywheatstraw,

Sexual Assault and stalking are terrible in and of themselves.

But pro athletes with rap sheets - have you seen the NFL/NBA/Premier League/MLB?

Peteywheatstraw - you really need to reexamine this. The MLS will not be tanked by a player who is accused of something after 2 games. And the strength of the league associated with criminal players has nothing to do with.

Ask the average American if they remember the murder charges against Ray Lewis. The Gun Charges against Tank Johnson. The rape/infedility issues with Kobe Bryant? The gambling and other issues with Michael Jordan?

And the excuse that the leagues and marketers moved away from those players is a non-issue. It's more the ADD nature of America.

Drug Trafficing against Jamal Lewis? DUI's for - well just about everyone?

I hope you don't live in a bubble.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | April 3, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

some cash? really? from a guy making 150 grand? from a woman living in a town where the median individual income is over $100 grand and the median household income is around $150 grand? seems like there are better targets, no?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | April 3, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh - and let's not forget the most EGREGIOUS misuse of the law -

The Duke Lacrosse team.

Was the team having a party that was beyond tame? Yes.

Were the woman and the DA found out to be frauds? Yes.

Did those kids get hurt by their school and everyone else turning their back on them because of the guilty before proven innocent stance eveyone takes these days?

Absolutely.

Do you think the coach of the disgraced program still has resentment for the school, the young woman and the DA...


Again - if guilty, then this is terrible and something he will have to own up to. If he's not, then shame on the accuser for putting another human being through such an ordeal and interrupting their life and allowing 3rd parties to make judgements on accusations whether founded or unfounded.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | April 3, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Allegations don't mean anything. For all we know the woman is a nut job looking for attention. Or, maybe he's a nut job and his career in MLS is going to be super short.

For now, he's just a good player who hasn't been convicted of anything.

Posted by: hacksaw | April 3, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Bryan Namoff is innocent of the charge of being slow. He may not be an Olympic class sprinter but his speed is in line with most outside backs in MLS and well ahead of almost any central defenders I can think of...

Free Bryan Namoff from false innuendo!!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 3, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

No one is saying this kid is guilty.

Unfortunately, 1 in 6 women in the US will be victims of sexual assault. Compare that to how many men are falsely accused and tell me which is the bigger problem. Let's let the facts come out before we declare her a opportunist or stalker. And the same before we call him a rapist.

But please don't downgrade assault or act like it's a small mistake or boys will be obys. Think of your daughter and her 5 friends and ask youself if you would want a bunch of internet jerks calling her a nutjob or stalker if god forbid she was attacked by a soccer player.

Posted by: colheights1 | April 3, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, colheights.

Posted by: YNBA | April 3, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

RE: "Flash" Namoff
So how does Namoff go from being the top scorer on his college team (and presumably a forward) to being a defender criticized for his lack of speed? Is it a case where the coaches look at a player and say "Hey, you've got some decent ball handling skills, but you're too slow to be a forward in MLS. We'll convert you into a defender and, if you're smart enough to learn that position quickly, you'll have a future my boy."?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 3, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

"Unfortunately, 1 in 6 women in the US will be victims of sexual assault."

I'm not convinced this figure is accurate. NOW tends to be a bit flimsy with its "research." Nonetheless, there are enough dirtbags out there that I'm making sure my daughter is learning martial arts/self defense, and how to handle a firearm, should she choose to purchase one someday.

Posted by: joedoc1 | April 3, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

You guys took me seriously when I included Namoff in my "slow" list. The point I was trying to make is that IMHO foot speed is overhyped in comparing players, and many players accused of being slow happen to be among the very best at their position. I can think of burners who weren't really very good, and players with average to good speed who are very, very good. And Bryan is not slow, not by a long shot.

Posted by: b18bolo | April 3, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Tom Hicks Sports Group defaulted on $525 million in loans today, according to wires.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 3, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

FYI Joedoc the 1 in 6 number is from "National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey. 1998."

Posted by: colheights1 | April 3, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

"how to handle a firearm, should she choose to purchase one someday"

...and it makes a really nice graduation present.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 3, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I get your point b18bolo. I'm just trying to figure out how the top scorer on his college team becomes a defender. I mean, it's not like Albright, whose shots from inside the six always hit the post.

So can Hicks' creditors now re-possess Torres? Come on folks, let's pool the cash in our wallets and buy him at the pawn shop.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 3, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Bryan Namoff is cleared!

Who dares say internet justice is slow or fickle?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 3, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Lock and load.

They have shooting ranges out your way, don't they, I-270? If not, come on out to Gainesville... we'll see how you handle a 9 mil. Remember: gun control means aiming and hitting your target.

(I apologize in advance for offending my liberal SI colleagues...)

Posted by: joedoc1 | April 3, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

b18bolo:

I agree that a defender can be good while being slow (Boswell, for example), but unless Berhalter has suddenly developed the positional sense of Maldini, he's not going to be able to compensate. It's worth noting that 1860, who let him go for free, is currently 10th and closer to the relegation zone than promotion. I can't imagine a 2nd Liga team that barely avoids the label of "struggling" would be a world-beater in MLS.

At his fastest, Berhalter was a really slow defender relying on his brains. Now, he's 35, and his center back partners are an even older Tony Sanneh and Omar Gonzalez, who is very young and struggles with lateral quickness. I think that, and LA's general foolishness in the past few years, are why people are predicting trouble.

270:

I thought Namoff had been an attacking midfielder in college. It could be the wine talking, though.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | April 3, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Guns don't kill people. People kill people!

(Guns just make it a lot easier).

Posted by: EssEff | April 3, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

* Thanks for the invite Joe Doc. I think the nearest shooting range to me is in Frederick County, Real America.

* Chest: So Namoff was an AM in college. I was just guessing when I wrote F.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 4, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

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